3D Viewing features for AutoVue

AutoVue delivers a comprehensive 3D visualization solution with support for the latest versions of major 3D CAD formats. It allows users of all levels to easily open, view, interrogate and print complex 3D CAD models, without requiring the authoring tools that were used to create them.


• Support for the latest versions of the most common 3D CAD packages

• View important PMI (Product Manufacturing Information) and GD&T (Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing) and FTA (Functional Tolerance Annotation) information

• Standard 3D views are available including isometric and perspective views. User defined views can be created and users can also restore to 3D default views

• View 3D user-defined views that were created with the original authoring application

• View 2D modes and drafts of models

• Select filters to hide/show entities based on type


3D compare—compare 3D assemblies to determine what parts have been added, removed or changed. This unique AutoVue feature goes beyond a graphical comparison and includes the ability to detect changes to non-graphical attributes at the part or assembly level. View changes between design iterations, verify the integrity of a converted design and share these results with others

3D explode—drag a slide-bar to explode/implode an entire assembly or selected parts/subassemblies. The exploded view can be saved for future reference. This ability to dynamically explode complex assemblies allows users to get to the component level faster and create clear illustrations for control documents such as assembly and maintenance instructions

Section models with—user defined section planes, and export the section edges as a separate file

3D entity search—search and filter for parts in a 3D assembly based on a variety of native file attributes. Results can be inspected, transformed, colorized and exported. This time-saving feature makes it quick and easy to zero in on a part from a list of thousands

Free text search—search for all 3D entities that contain a given text string in their attribute names or values

Transform model parts independently of one another—users are given the versatility necessary to explore different configurations, move parts out of the way to better view hidden areas of the model, and break an assembly down into its components

• Render the models in several 3D modes—including shaded model, wireframe, silhouette and hidden line removal

• Change the light settings—with options such as light direction, color and type

• Color and highlight
—different parts of assemblies by changing their color and type, color-coding specific parts or making them visible or hidden for ease of distinction


• Precise measurements on all dimensions, including angles, arcs, circles, surface area, distance, using the snapping function

• Measure the minimum distance between any two geometries on a model or part or between a 3D part and a sectioning plane

• Generate and export BOMs (Bills of Material)

• Calculate mass properties for the whole or part of the model, including center of gravity, moments of inertia, inertia tensor and many more